Playing with Blocks

This month, we have used blocks for learning in almost every lesson. Using blocks to teach different concepts has been engaging for my students. Each lesson has been fun and packed with learning skills each child needs to learn. Plus, it felt like we were just playing with blocks even though we were actually learning something. These ideas were sent in my Mother Goose Time learning box for the month.

Using Blocks to teach Math

This month, we have used blocks to help us with math. We have counted the blocks, and used them for measurement.  We learned about Giant Sequoia Trees. We passed around a stick while music played. If the music stopped and you were holding the stick, you put a block in the middle. We counted how many blocks we stacked up at the end. The students got frustrated towards the end because the blocks kept getting knocked over. They had to figure out a way to arrange the blocks when they were stacked that allowed them to stay up and not fall over.

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Using Blocks to teach Literacy 

This month, we have used blocks to help us with literacy. We played a game where we had to roll the pocket cube. I had pictures of words that start with the letters we are learning this month ‘G’, ‘K’, and ‘Q’ in the pocket cube. Whatever letter the picture started with that we rolled, we had to stack a block on that letter to make a mountain. This week is the first time exposing the students to the letter ‘Q’ so we focused a lot on the letter ‘Q’. ‘Q’ is for queen. We surrounded the queen with the mountains to protect her and her kingdom from invaders. At one point, the ‘q’ mountain fell over and we yelled “Avalanche!! Save the Queen.” We unburied the queen from the blocks and rebuilt the mountain.

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Using Blocks to teach Fine Motor Skills 

This month, the students built many things with blocks: City of Machu Picchu, Mountains, Trees, etc.) Each time we used the blocks, the students were practicing stacking the blocks on top of each other. This is helping them with coordination and fine motor skills. They need to carefully place each block on  top of each other so it doesn’t fall. If the block is a weird shape, they need to figure out if there is somewhere they could place the block that would not make it fall over.

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Each time we have traveled to a new place, we use blocks to replicate that place. Blocks have been a major part of our learning this month. I am so happy with the way each lesson has gone each day. The students are always excited to use blocks for a learning activity. It keeps them engaged, focused, and they are having fun while learning at the same time.

 

** I receive curriculum from Mother Goose Time for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences using the curriculum. This is my 3rd year using Mother Goose Time, and I am pleased to promote quality educational learning experiences through play with Mother Goose Time!


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